EFJ Welcomes EU Consultation on Media Freedom and Pluralism


the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomed the announcement of the official

consultation launched by European Commissioner Neelie Kroes about media freedom

and pluralism.


many years of debates among civil society organisations and at the European

Parliament, we are glad that the European Commission is now formally launching

this consultation process and we hope that it will lead to concrete action,"

said EFJ President Arne König.

The consultation,

which was announced Friday last week in Dublin, Ireland, follows

recommendations issued by a High Level Group (HLG) on Media Freedom and

Pluralism appointed by the Commission. It called citizens and organisations to

comments on issues such as the scope of the EU's competence on media freedom,

the respective roles of public authorities and self-regulation or the protection

of journalistic sources in Europe.  A second consultation is specifically

limited to the issue of independence of audiovisual regulatory bodies.


always defended press freedom as a fundamental right; many years ago we called

the Commission to act against conflict of interest in Italy and recently

against the authoritarian regime in Hungary. Therefore we will convey our views

to the Commission in a very clear matter," said König.


EFJ is a leading partner of the European Citizen's Initiative for media

pluralism, a petition which is gathering one

million signatures to demand more transparency in media ownership and an end to

conflict of interests.


is a key momentum to make our voice heard for the sake of journalism as a

public good," added König, "and we also call on our member organisations to

contribute to this consultation."


consultation, accessible in English, French and German on this link is open until 14th June 2013.

Links and resources:
- European

Citizen's Initiative for media pluralism: http://europe.ifj.org/en/pages/european-initiative-for-media-pluralism


comments on the HLG Recommendations: http://europe.ifj.org/en/articles/eu-high-level-group-issues-recommendations-on-media-and-journalism

For more information, please contact EFJ on + 32 2 235 22 00

European Federation of Journalists is the European group of the

International Federation of Journalists. It represents over 300,000

journalists in 37 countries.